While the main focus of the B’nai Mitzvah process is on the child feeling prepared to lead a service and publicly commit to becoming a Jewish adult, we realize there are also some other details that are involved in celebrating this simcha. As such, please see below for some guidelines.
Tallit and other gifts: “Gifted”, the Beth David WRJ gift shop, has a large selection of lovely tallitot and gifts suitable for the B’nai Mitzvah candidates. Gift Shop hours coincide with Religious School hours, and by appointment. Come in or call 610-896-7485 ext. 112.
Program: Providing a program for your guests is optional and entirely the responsibility of the B’nai Mitzvah family. All programs must be approved by the Executive Director prior to printing. Sample programs are available from the Executive Director.
Flowers: Bimah flowers are optional and the responsibility of the family. Some families want to honor the sacred space of the sanctuary by adding to its beauty through flowers; other families decide to use the money they would have spent on flowers for tzedakah (charity) instead. Your call!
Still Photography: Families who wish to have pictures taken at Beth David either in advance of or on the actual day of your B’nai Mitzvah must make arrangements with the Executive Director. Photography is permitted during the Tallit service, but no picture taking is permitted once the service begins in the sanctuary.
Video: Families who wish to have their service filmed must contact Vid-Tel Video Services Company and enter into a written contract with them (see Vid-Tel Form). Vid-Tel is the sole and exclusive videographer of Beth David. No other videographer shall be granted permission to film B’nai Mitzvah services at Beth David.
Facility Use: You may want to use Beth David for an additional B’nai Mitzvah celebration – on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, or Saturday evening. For rental fees or to reserve space, please contact the Executive Director.
Insurance: If you are planning a celebration at Beth David you are required to get an insurance certificate from all vendors. This includes, but is not limited to: caterers, decorators, and disc jockeys or orchestras/bands.
Kashrut Policy: Should you decide to offer a meal of celebration in honor of this simcha, please note that pork and shellfish are not permitted in our building.
Congregational News: The Beth David Community wants to celebrate and congratulate your family on your upcoming simcha. The Executive Director will contact you for information and a picture to include in our monthly newsletter.
Tree of Life: Purchasing a leaf on our Tree of Life is a wonderful way for family or friends to honor the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If you are interested in purchasing a leaf to go on our Tree of Life in honor of this special occasion, please use the Tree of Life Form.
Financial Obligations: Our Religious School is heavily subsidized by dues and donations, but we know that there are still significant costs that we ask each family to pay. Prior to your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you must be a member in good standing by having fulfilled the required financial responsibilities including membership, tuition, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah fees. If you need financial assistance, please contact our Executive Director for a confidential conversation.